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Somrak Kamsing in 2006
|Full name||สมรักษ์ คำสิงห์|
January 16, 1973 |
Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb)|
|Club||Royal Thai Navy|
Somrak Kamsing (Thai: สมรักษ์ คำสิงห์ ; born January 16, 1973) is a Thai Muay Thai kickboxer and boxer (Amateur). During the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, Kamsing lit the torch during the Games' opening ceremony. Kamsing was born in Khon Kaen. His older brother Somrot Kamsing also competed on the highest level as a boxing amateur.
Amateur Boxing Career
At the 1996 Summer Olympics he won a gold medal in the men's Featherweight category beating Ramaz Paliani and Serafim Todorov among others, becoming the first Thai athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
He also competed at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics without winning any medals. Kamsing qualified for the Athens Games by ending up in second place at the 1st AIBA Asian 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guangzhou, PR China. In the final he lost to North Korea's Kim Song-Guk.
1992 (competing as a featherweight)
1996 (competing as a featherweight)
- Defeated Luis Seda (Puerto Rico) 13-2
- Defeated Phillip Ndou (South Africa) 12-7
- Defeated Ramaz Paliani (Russia) 13-4
- Defeated Julio Pablo Chacón (Argentina) 20-8
- Defeated Serafim Todorov (Bulgaria) 8-5
2000 (competing as a featherweight)
- Defeated Andres Ledesma (Colombia) RSC 4
- Defeated Tulkunbay Turgunov (Uzbekistan) 7-2
- Lost to Rocky Juarez (United States) RSC 4
2004 (competing as a featherweight)
- Lost to Benoit Gaudet (Canada) 17-32
Asian Games Results
Muay Thai career
At age 7, Somluck began training and fighting in Muay Thai. At 11, he moved to Bangkok to fight in the bigger stadiums. Prior to switching to amateur boxing he was viewed as one of the best fighters in the sport. He didn't compete competitively in Thailand after making the switch, but he did take up the occasional fight against foreign fighters.
In 2012 he made a return to the major boxing stadiums, not as a serious fighter, but to fight other semi-retired legends in hopes of attracting people to the sport. He beat fellow legend Jomhod Kiatadisak on October 4, 2012 at Rajadamnern Stadium in a fight with the largest ever side bet in Muay Thai, 5.27 million baht on the line.
They fought again in December 7, 2012 on the Lumpinee stadium birthday show. This time Jomhod Kiatadisak won by points.
Somluck fought to a draw with another legend, Yodwanpadet Sor Junlasen under special rules, at Rajadamnern Stadium on 2nd April 2015. Somluck was only allowed to punch while Yodwanpadet could fight full Muay Thai.
|Amateur Boxing record|
150 Wins, 50 Losses
|Professional Muay Thai record|
291 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
He has later played athletic roles in Thai movies, notably Kerd ma lui. He appeared in Fearless with Jet Li, although his scene was cut from the international release of the film. However, a special version was shown in cinemas in Thailand in March 2006, in which his scene was restored. He portrayed a boxer who challenges Jet Li's character.
He also made his debut as a singer in 2006, performing at the Pattaya Music Festival and releasing an album and a music video (featuring fellow boxer Khaosai Galaxy as a shy man being approached by a young woman).
- Oct. 4: Saenchai vs Singdam rematch, Somluck Khamsing returns with 527m baht on the line
- This Week in Muay Thai: Huge Fights
- Muay Thai Weekly Recap: February 10
- American Chike Lindsay defeats Somluck Kamsing at Push Kick Promotions "World Stand Off"